Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2001 7:14 AM | Contributed by Neil
Johnny Rocket's, an international franchise of 1940's style malt shops will open on the Cedar Point midway for the 2001 season. Rocket's will replace Fascination near the main entrance.
"Fascination has been a popular fixture at Cedar Point for many years, but unfortunately, it has become very difficult to find replacement parts," says Dan Keller. "Because of its popularity, we explored several options to relocate the game, but cannot efficiently operate it without a source for materials.”
For the complete news release, head on over to Cedarpoint.com.
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I had the priviledge to have engineered and worked on fascinations in NYC including both Fabers Fascination. One in Coney Island and the other in Rockaway's Playland. I also had the priviledge of designing and installing the first travel-lite @ Fascination located @ Beach 35th in Rockaway, N.Y. on the boardwalk. originally owned by Abe Rapps and then sold and passed down to at least 3 different owners thru the years, circa 1960. Most of the Rockaway boardwalk concessions were lost in a major fire sometime in the 60's I believe. I also designed major electrical items for pinkey's fascination which was open all year in Rockaway's Playland. It was owned by a very innovative man named Mitch Pinke, and co-owned by Bob Demner, my lifelong friend, who passed away 5 years ago. Mitch also owned the fascination on Broadway in N.Y.C. Bob Demner eventually bought the Fabers fascination in Rockaway's Playland, which I refurbed. That was the best built game I have ever seen in all the fascinations I have had the priviledge to be part of. It was built and designed by Canon Electric (manufacturers of railroad signals and devices) among many other things. The relays used in the game were railroad grade and were almost infalable.
The Playland Fascination bought by Bob Demner (who also bought Rockaway's Playland from a man named Geist) was put in storage when Rockaway's Playland was torn down. I never knew what became of the game. What a pity.........
One of the best group games ever devised.
To my knowledge there are only a handful left in the country. One is in Santa Cruz, Ca. and One may still exist somewhere on the Jersey coast. I lost track of all the others.
This ended what was a wonderful era for me. As I said earlier, it was a priviledge to be part of that nostalgia and magic which is literally gone forever.
There is no video or computer game that will ever replace Fascination. I am sure that if you remember the game, you will agree.
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